Chelsea Paper View

Last updated : 27 December 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

The Independent:

Linesman lets Chelsea off hook .....

The good news for Chelsea is that Didier Drogba is staying to play Fulham tomorrow before heading off to the African Nations Cup. The bad news is that this match underlined how much they need him. Full Report

The Guardian:

Florent Malouda sees red as 10-man Chelsea are held by Birmingham City .....

It was Chelsea who were left with the blues after the battle thereof, dropping two more priceless points in a dangerous mid-season hiatus: they have only one win in their past seven matches in all competitions. The league leaders, who failed to score for the first time in 34 games, are increasingly vulnerable to Manchester United, whose trip to Hull today has the look of a gimme..  Full Report

The Telegraph:

Birmingham City 0 Chelsea 0 .....

The roar that met the final whistle at St Andrews spoke volumes. Birmingham City have come a long way since the start of the season, but holding Chelsea, the league-leaders, to a draw is some achievement. And if anything, they were the victims of human error, Christian Benitez incorrectly ruled offside when he turned in a shot from Liam Ridgewell from less than a yard. Full Report

The Times:

Brave Joe Hart thwarts 10-man Chelsea as they drop yet more points in title race .....

There are times in scoreless games when you yearn for excitement. It was never like that at Birmingham as the contest seesawed from one penalty area to the other and both teams chased a win that neither would get. And if you were a neutral, that was just fine because this marvellous game didn’t deserve to have a loser. Full Report